Obama Open to Tweaks to Health Care Reform Law

By Staff Report

Nov. 4, 2010

President Barack Obama said Nov. 3 he is willing to work with Republicans to “tweak” the health care reform law, but he ruled out major changes.

“There are going to be examples where I think we can tweak and make improvements on the progress that we’ve made,” he said referring to the law.

One example he cited at a news conference is a provision in the 2010 law that will require employers to issue 1099 statements to anyone with whom they do more than $600 in business.

That reporting requirement “involves too much paperwork, too much filing … that is something that we should take a look at,” the president said.

He said if Republicans want to suggest modifications that would deliver faster and more effective reform to a health care system that has been “wildly expensive, I’m happy to consider some of those ideas.”

But the president also said that it would be “misreading” the election results “if we thought the American people want to see us re-litigate arguments that we have had over the last two years” on health care reform.

Provisions in the health care reform law Obama cited as especially popular include those that: require employers to extend coverage to employees’ adult children until age 26; ban pre-existing medical condition exclusions; and expand prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries.   

Filed by Jerry Geisel of Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail


Stay informed and connected. Get human resources news and HR features via Workforce Management’s Twitter feed or RSS feeds for mobile devices and news readers.


blog workforce

We build robust scheduling & attendance software for businesses with 500+ frontline workers. With custom BI reporting and demand-driven scheduling, we help our customers reduce labor spend and increase profitability across their business. It's as simple as that.

Book a call
See the software

Related Articles

workforce blog


EEOC says that employers legally can offer incentives to employees to get vaccinated in almost all instances

If you’re an employer looking to get as many of your employees vaccinated as possible, you can rest eas...

ADA, CDC, COVID-19, EEOC, GINA, pandemic, vaccinated

workforce blog


Fixing some common misconceptions about HIPAA

Ever since the CDC amended its COVID-19 guidance to say that the fully vaccinated no longer need to wea...

COVID-19, health care, HIPAA, human resources, wellness

workforce blog


We are in the midst of a public mental health crisis; how employers can help

Do not ignore these issues or your employees who are living with them. Mental health illnesses are no d...

ADA, benefits, Coronavirus, FMLA, mental health, paid time off